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A Creative Approach to Burnout: Diversifying Income, Demystifying Networking, and Healing with Community

Event Date:

March 16, 2024

Event Time:

2:00 pm

Maintaining financial wellness while avoiding burnout can often feel like an impossible balancing act for mental health workers. We know there are many emotional hazards of the work, and we know the immense healing that can come from sitting with someone else’s pain. Yet, we are still waiting for insurance companies and other systems to add more financial value to what we do. Insisting on higher pay – as we as therapists deserve –  AND diversifying income is one strategy to cope with the current state of our industry. 

Chicago Minds + Chicago Institute for Change are coming together to host “A Creative Approach to Burnout: Diversifying Income, Demystifying Networking, and Healing with Community”. This event was born out of a shared desire to address burnout with mental health professionals in the Chicagoland community and to support the professional development of mental health workers. The event will be in two parts: speed networking and open mic presentations. Join us for a new twist on networking and the opportunity to try on the role of “presenter”.  


Workshop Objectives:
  • Make networking less intimidating by offering small groups, time-limited structure, and prompts 
  • Provide a brave, nonjudgemental space to dabble in public speaking, in service of helping you determine if it’s a way to diversify your income stream 
  • Bring therapists together for community support


About the Speakers:

Chicago Institute for Change is a group therapy practice in Chicago. Simply put, the vision of CIC is to support as many people as possible to find their way to being the best versions of themselves. We are all in this life together and our hope is the work done at CIC creates meaningful change in people’s lives that then creates meaningful change in the world.  All the therapists at CIC are connected through a shared commitment to our organizational core values and our own unlearning process. We strive to be an inclusive and affirming practice for all marginalized populations and celebrate the intersecting identities we all hold.


Hallie Schwartz (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who specializes in burnout recovery and promotes the idea of embracing humanness. She believes that humans are beautifully complex and wouldn’t have it any other way. Hallie runs a support group for helping professionals and has worked as a clinical therapist since 2017. Connectedness and self-compassion are pillars of her therapeutic approach. Hallie also works as the Director of Groups and Programming at Chicago Institute for Change.


Karla Hargrove (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Qualified Teacher of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) who provides quality, evidence-based care at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. In her clinical work, she offers a vulnerable space that empowers clients to become stakeholders in their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational wellness. Instilling hope, validation, compassion, and empathy in client narratives is an ongoing portion of her whole-person-centered care.

Karla has extensive training from UC San Diego’s Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. Teaching mindfulness integrates her passion for increasing present-moment awareness and discovery of our innate human resilience. In addition to being a therapist-teacher, Karla also enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, writing poetry, and good comfort food.


*We want to make this event accessible to everyone so we have decided on a sliding scale starting at $5. Pay what you can! 

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Event Schedule Details

  • March 16, 2024 2:00 pm   -   5:00 pm
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